For long Sandalwood has been used as one of the most preferred woods for carving. Sandalwood is easy to handle and carve. Moreover, the pleasant smell of sandalwood is an added advantage. It has an even texture because of its close grains and fewer knots. The heart of the wood is most used and it has a fragrance that lasts years. The yellow/brown sandalwood grows darker with age after it is cut. The highly intricate designs are created by using a combination of carving methods, such as deep carving, shallow carving, latticework and fretwork on a nearly impossible miniature scale.
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Kamlesh Jangid exhibits great histories and epic mythologies to the world, carved into shells as small as a wheat grain. Recipient of the National Award in 2011, he deems passion alone as the guiding light for his work. As his fingers meander their way through a block of sandalwood, fragrant with tradition and culture, they leave behind a vibrant narrative, immortalizing history, a task as great as stitching the fabric of time itself. His work is his meditation, making him the best at what he does.
Sandalwood is found in Mysore and can be procured from various markets all across the country through the means of wholesalers.
In northern India, sandalwood is known as Maliyagiri which is often used for fine carving.
Sandalwood has medicinal properties with a long life. Perhaps why it is used for Vastu purposes as well.
One needs to practise for 7-8 hrs daily to achieve perfection in Sandalwood carving.